LUKE STATON

CASE WORKER

AREAS OF PRACTICE

Luke joined Lloyds PR as a caseworker in August 2018 and works in the firm’s Crown Court department, primarily assisting Mohsin Ariff, Harsha Rupasinghe and counsel with the most serious and complex criminal offences. These range from murder and serious violence to high-value fraud and money laundering cases.

He is also currently undertaking the Police Station Accreditation training course, which will allow him to represent clients at the police station level.

 

NOTABLE CASES

MURDER

  • R v M (2018),

Central Criminal Court: Represented a defendant accused of stabbing a transgender woman more than 40 times in a hotel room.

 

SERIOUS VIOLENCE

  • R v I (2019),

Basildon Crown Court: Currently representing a defendant charged with aggravated burglary of 2 dwellings, robbery and possession of a firearm. The incidents involved brutal attacks with the use of an iron, knife and hammer. An elderly man and 2 young children are among the alleged victims.

  • R v D (2019),

Nottingham Crown Court: Currently representing a defendant charged with robbery and causing grievous bodily harm with intent. During the incident, the defendant hit his close friend over the head repeatedly with a wine bottle, before taking his wallet. The victim was left with head injuries requiring 26 stitches and a piece of his ear missing.

  • R v K (2019),

St Albans Crown Court: Currently representing a defendant accused, along with 4 others, of robbing a man at knifepoint in the early hours of the morning.

  • R v F (2019),

Woolwich Crown Court: Currently representing a defendant in a domestic violence case, whereby he is accused of punching and kicking his partner repeatedly, causing swelling to her head. He is also charged with witness intimidation and breach of a non-molestation order after allegedly using third parties to deliver threats to the complainant.

 

FRAUD AND DISHONESTY OFFENCES

  • R v S (2019),

Southwark Crown Court: Currently representing a defendant who is alleged to be part of a major conspiracy, with 5 others, to cheat the public revenue of approximately £12.8 million by way of VAT fraud over a period of 3 and a half years.

  • R v M (2019),

Kingston-Upon-Thames Crown Court: Currently representing a defendant accused of being part of a criminal network sharing compromised personal and banking details in order to fraudulently withdraw funds from those accounts, in particular via the increasingly popular method of ‘SIM swap’ fraud.

  • R v S (2019),

Canterbury Crown Court: Currently representing a defendant charged with conspiracy, along with 5 others, to steal tobacco products from his employer to a value in excess of £611,000. The defendants worked at a site where counterfeit products, which had been seized by the authorities, were stored and disposed of. They allegedly used this position to carry out the theft.

  • R v H (2018),

Harrow Crown Court: Represented a defendant charged with possessing criminal property in the value of almost £200,000, $30,000 and 35,000 euros. It was alleged that the defendant was using his money exchange business on Edgware Road in order to facilitate the laundering of these monies.

  • R v T (2019),

Snaresbrook Crown Court: Currently representing a defendant charged with possessing criminal property in the value of approximately £150,000.

  • R v B (2019),

Bolton Crown Court: Currently representing a defendant charged with possessing criminal property in the value of approximately £120,000.

  • R v S (2019),

Reading Crown Court: Currently representing a defendant accused of using his position as a mobile phone sales adviser to fraudulently transfer monies to his own bank account, thereby making a financial gain of approximately £50,000.

 

DRUG OFFENCES

  • R v B (2018),

Croydon Crown Court: Represented a defendant charged with conspiracy to supply Class A drugs with an estimated wholesale valuation of £31,000.

 

MODERN SLAVERY OFFENCES

  • R v P (2018),

Birmingham Crown Court: Currently representing a defendant accused of conspiring with 14 others to traffic persons to the UK and requiring them to perform compulsory labour. The case consists of over 70 complainants, almost 400 witnesses and is split into 2 trials.

  • R v L (2019),

Warwick Crown Court: Currently representing a defendant accused of trafficking three persons from Romania to the UK and requiring them to perform compulsory labour at his car wash business in Rugby

 

OFFENCES AGAINST PUBLIC JUSTICS

  • R v B (2019),

St Albans Crown Court: Currently representing a defendant accused of perverting the course of justice by providing a false alibi for her son whilst he was a suspect in a murder investigation.

 

CONFISCATION

  • R v K (2019),

Leicester Crown Court: Currently representing a client convicted of money laundering in complex confiscation proceedings, involving a benefit figure of almost £15 million.

 

EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS

  • University College London, Law (LLB) – 2:1
  • BPP Law School, LLM Legal Practice (Barristers) – Distinction
  • Bar Professional Training Court – Outstanding
  • Inner Temple Clothier Scholarship, Exhibition Award and Duke of Edinburgh Entrance Award

 

MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS

The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple

 

LANGUAGES

Spanish (intermediate)

 

OTHER

Outside of work, Luke enjoys the gym, any racket sports, and playing/watching football (as a staunch Arsenal fan).

 

CONTACT DETAILS

T: 0208 963 1050

F: 0208 963 1975

E: luke@lloydspr.com